Two million American children have at least one parent in jail or prison.
Since 1970, the number of incarcerated parents has risen by 400%.
In the wake of those staggering statistics are children who become the invisible victims – facing emotional and physical turmoil, and financial hardships. While the adult is the one serving time behind bars, their children often find themselves cut off from the lives they desire. Yet there are local organizations working to implement change. In Allegheny County, where an estimated 8,500 children have incarcerated parents, new programs are improving family relationships and child outcomes, while educating the public and decision makers. WQED’s initiative hopes to shed light on a topic that is often ignored, but impacts so many.